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    Sleeping On The Parenting Thing

    | Adelaide, SA, Australia | Grandparents

    (I live with my grandma but I spent the weekend visiting my mother. I’m just unlocking the front door when this happens:)

    Grandma: “Don’t make any noise. [My Name]’s asleep.”

    Me: “Did I sleepwalk from two suburbs away?”

    Grandma: “When did you leave?”

    Me: “Friday.” *note that it is Monday*

    Grandma: “No wonder you’ve been so quiet.”

    When Cooking Use Grease Lightning

    | Allentown, PA, USA | Grandparents, Parents & Guardians

    (A thunderstorm blows in and somehow the conversation gets to weather.)

    Mom: “Thunder is caused by lightning. It can’t exist without it.”

    Grandmother: “No, it’s not.”

    Mom: “Um… yes, it is.”

    Grandmother: “Well, I don’t believe that.”

    Mom: “Why not?”

    Grandmother: “Because there’s lightning without thunder all the time!”

    Mom: “Yes, and that’s because light travels differently than sound. When you see lightning but don’t hear thunder, that’s because you’re too far away to hear it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.”

    Grandmother: “Oh, I forgot, YOU went to school!”

    Mom: “…So did you.”

    Grandmother: “No, I meant you went to college, so now you’re somehow smarter than me!”

    Mom: “I wasn’t aware that they taught us about the weather at culinary school.”

    A Family Saying

    | QC, Canada | Grandparents, Parents & Guardians

    (Not long after my parents got together my mom went to visit my grandparents for the first time. It should also be noted that my mom is an American with no French skills at all, while my father’s side of the family is Quebecois (a person from Quebec). They have just sat down for a meal.)

    Grandmother: *to my mother* “C’est Bon?” *pronounced “say bon” and meaning “Is it good?”*

    Mom: “Bon.” *in French means “good”*

    (This happens at almost every meal for years. My mom not understanding why my grandmother wants her to say “bon” all the time, but does it because she seems happy whenever she does. Due to family related problems my family has now relocated to Quebec.)

    Mom: *now having had studied some French, bursts out laughing*

    Family: *all confused*

    Mom: “[Dad] I just realized what your mother has been asking me for years at every meal. I couldn’t figure out why she kept wanting me to say ‘bon’ all the time. It never dawned on me that she was speaking in French.”

    Dad: *translates the story to the family and they all laugh*

    Putting A Cap On That Argument

    | USA | Grandparents

    (I have long hair that needs to be tied up before I cook or bake, but my grandmother doesn’t have any hair ties at her house. This forces me to improvise a little before we can bake cookies.)

    Grandmother: “Why are you wearing my shower cap?”

    Me: “Why don’t you have any hair ties?”

    Telling Little Pink Lies

    | WA, USA | Grandparents

    (I have dyed my hair pink and purple.)

    Grandmother: “You know, before it went grey, my hair was the same color yours is now.”

    Me: “What, naturally?”

    Grandmother: “Yes.”

    Flipping Between The Phones

    | MO, USA | Grandparents

    (My grandpa and grandma are visiting, and we’re in the living room talking. I check my phone because I’m texting my dad.)

    Grandpa: “Do you have the same phone as my wife?”

    Me: “No, I have an iPhone.”

    Grandpa: *to Grandma* “Then what phone do you have?”

    Grandma: “A Galaxy.”

    Grandpa: “Do I have an iPhone?”

    Grandma: “No, you have a flip phone.”

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